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A CAREER LIKE NO OTHER Foreign & Commonwealth Office ADD YOUR NAME HERE YOUR JOB TITLE DATE OF TALK NAME OF UNIVERSITY/SCHOOL
WHY A CAREER IN THE DIPLOMATIC SERVICE? Challenging work that often makes a difference to people’s lives Very early responsibility Experience a great variety of work Excellent training and support
WHO WE ARE The lead government department handling foreign affairs working in three key areas: –Foreign policy delivery –Service delivery –Corporate services
WHAT WE DO –We deal on a daily basis with: Child abduction, Conflict prevention, Forced marriages, Blood diamonds, Counter terrorism, Climate change, Trade and investment, Helping British citizens abroad and so much more…
ENTRY ROUTES The Fast Stream Band A and B Generalist Recruitment Specialist Recruitment Internships and Work Experience
AFFECT LIVES WORK WITH GOVERNMENT The Fast Stream - a demanding graduate entry point into the Civil Service Training and development An opportunity to work directly with members of the public and government ministers Could you make a difference to national life, turn policy into reality?
GRADUATE FAST STREAM www.faststream.gov.uk SIX OPTIONS: Diplomatic Service Central Departments Science & Engineering Clerkships in Parliament Economists Statisticians
GRADUATE FAST STREAM THE DIPLOMATIC SERVICE OPTIONS: The Diplomatic Service* Economists
WHAT WILL YOU DO First two years in London –One year doing Policy delivery work – One year doing Service delivery work Then abroad in one of 200 embassies, high commissions or consulates around the globe for two to three years After that, the world’s your oyster…
TRAINING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT A personal training programme Mentoring and pairing On-the-job training Self study National School of Government
BENEFITS Starting salary from around £27,000 (includes £3000 London Weighting) Choice of pension costing a maximum of 3.5% of salary 25 days holiday, plus 10.5 public holidays Flexible working widely available Opportunities to work internationally
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A 2:2 degree in any discipline* All Diplomatic Service posts are open to UK nationals only
HOW THE SCHEME WORKS Online application between September and November annually –includes online verbal, numeric self- assessment with feedback provided Online cognitive and non-cognitive tests Invigilated ½ day e-Tray exercise Two One-day Assessment Centres*
ASSESSMENT CENTRE If you are successful in the on-line tests you’ll be invited to our assessment centre in London for a day: –Group exercise –Briefing exercise –Policy Recommendation exercise –Interview It will be a stimulating experience and feedback is provided!
WHAT IS BEING ASSESSED Our assessment process is wholly competency based and tests: –Drive for results –Learning and improving –Decision-making –Constructive thinking –Building productive relationships –Communicating with impact
www.faststream.gov.uk Please visit the web site There are profiles of current Fast Streamers to read that will give you a flavour of the work we do Remember, application is online - and it’s not a good idea to go to the wire on the closing date!
BANDS A AND B Administrative Assistants* Executive Assistants Operational Officers –Vital support for the Diplomatic Service both in London and in our posts abroad –Specialise in the practical side of diplomatic work Recruitment dependent on business need Check www.fco.gov.uk/careers
SPECIALIST RECRUITMENT Specialists provide invaluable knowledge and expertise to a wide variety of FCO roles Recruitment dependent on business need, check www.fco.gov.uk/careers www.fco.gov.uk/careers The range of skills they bring is extensive and includes: –Research & analysis –Legal expertise –Accountancy & finance skills –Audit, compliance and risk analysis –Library science –Information technology
WORK EXPERIENCE Visit our website www.fco.gov.uk/careers for details on the following: Undergraduate Placement Scheme –We offer two-week placements for eligible students at our offices in central London We also participate in Cabinet Office’s Summer Development and Placement Schemes –For more details please go to www.faststream.gov.ukwww.faststream.gov.uk Opportunities are dependent on business need
BLOGS Foreign and Commonwealth Office blogsite: –Global Conversations –http://blogs.fco.gov.uk/rollerhttp://blogs.fco.gov.uk/roller –Daily accounts of what it’s really like to work for us
OPEN TO ALL Our recruitment policy is aimed at bringing in a talented and diverse workforce that represents the society that we serve. We actively seek applications from all sections of society and offer positions to suitably qualified individuals regardless of ethnicity, religion, social/educational background, age, disability or sexual orientation. Appointments at all levels of the FCO are made on the basis of merit.
A world of choice for your career. Be where it matters. Any questions? www.fco.gov.uk/careers